About the role

Balfour Beatty has an exciting opportunity for a Principal Engineer to join our Rail in London working on regional projects.

You will provide direct support to the Engineering Manager and assist in delivering competitive tenders for new project wins.

What you'll be doing

  • Analyse project remits in conjunction with client and determine action plans for resolution of project specification, progress and implementation having regard to fiscal and business objectives
  • To assist the Engineering Manager in ensuring that the group prepares detailed designs, drawings, plans, programmes and specifications (including the procurement of quantity surveying support) for all projects
  • Identify and determine requisite in-house managerial/technical resources or procure consultancy support for same where need is identified
  • Ensure design group determines scope of site surveys and implement to support the production of outline schemes / options / estimates / financial submissions to enable cost effective decisions
  • Support and undertake preparation of financial submissions as projects proceed, recommend and implement corrective action in light of emerging results. Ensure design groups monitor (both in-house and on-site) and report on project progress achievement: analyse financial consequences and justify course of action, implement following endorsement
  • Ensure all work undertaken is valued correctly and billed promptly to allow full recovery of resources
  • Implement project safety strategy, monitor execution and determine/implement adjustments, where identified
  • Act as Designer and / or Planning Supervisor under the Construction Design and Management Regulations as directed by the client
  • Ensure client satisfaction with all safety documentation produced
  • Ensuring that Civil Engineering complies with the Health and Safety at Work Act, COSHH regulations, Fire Precautions Management and Environmental Protection Act
  • Demonstrate commitment through personal example
  • Ensure that tender submissions are analysed and that the technical and safety content is satisfactory
  • Direct others on the methods of construction envisaged and organise the selection of subcontractors
  • Take part in tender review meetings
  • Ensure an effective and organised team
  • Maintain accurate and complete records with successful audits
  • Complete professional development reviews and for peer review competency of staff

Who we're looking for

You will have the following qualities and experience:

  • Chartered Engineer and Member of the ICE (or IStructE) essential with railway experience plus proven management ability in relation to contract administration and control, financial analysis and control
  • Knowledge of Network Rail contracts and other contract forms, contract procedures, Railway Standard Specifications
  • Practical knowledge of safety regulations including Construction Design and Management Regulations, Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and Construction Regulations

Why work for us

Day in, day out, our teams deliver amazing projects in challenging conditions; developing, managing and maintaining the vital infrastructure and public spaces that modern economies, societies and communities rely on.

About us

Balfour Beatty Rail Limited is an international leader in rail infrastructure engineering projects and the UK's largest rail engineering and services provider. We offer a full range of rail infrastructure activities from high-speed rail to mass rapid transit, covering urban, rural and commuter routes, for both public and private railways.

For an example of the exciting work our rail teams undertake click here:


We value diversity and celebrate individual differences, believing that our inclusive culture helps the business continue to grow as a strong, dynamic and innovative organisation.

Balfour Beatty is a corporate signatory to WISE (Women in Science & Engineering) and a member of Stonewall's Diversity Champions programme. Our aim is to attract more people from diverse backgrounds to help us build on our inclusive culture. We are a member of the workingmums.co.uk Top Employers' Charter through which we demonstrate our commitment to enabling parents to progress and enhance their careers whilst managing the challenges of family life.

Balfour Beatty is also Gold Award holders in the Ministry of Defence 'Employer Recognition Scheme' and actively encourage applications from Armed Forces personnel, veterans and reservists.

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